The school's new principal,
Artful Learning was praised by former principal
"This was a very exciting time for Fairview, a time of rebirth and renewal," Bolek said.
Choosing the Artful Learning school improvement model was a decision that took several years, Adams told the board in 2010. Federal Title I school stimulus funds covered the cost of training teachers and staff by
"I thought it was and I still do think it's a great opportunity to deliver instruction in a little different way," said
When students entered the new school in the 2010-11 academic year, teachers, administrators and even school board members were trained to use the cross-curriculum Artful Learning framework in class, and students began using inquiry and project-based learning.
The board saw it as a chance to give Fairview the draw of a magnet school, and opened up enrollment for families across the district in 2011.
While Wanzer feels the board's decision to offer open enrollment at Fairview has had some positive influence and helped to bring in some families with higher incomes, she isn't sure it's done enough.
"It hasn't had the kind of turnout that I was hoping it would have," she said. "I thought we would have a waiting list. It didn't happen that way."
It's four years later, and Artful Learning is still at Fairview, but the final component that would make it sustainable isn't finished. During parent focus group meetings in the spring, some Fairview parents said they didn't know what Artful Learning was, and training of teachers had fallen behind.
That's been corrected, said Hunter last week, and all teachers will be up to speed this school year.
According to Bolek, the project slowed in the summer of 2013, after Adams' retirement. Continuity was further hurt when Adams' replacement,
At that time, Miller, the district's director of elementary education, stepped in as interim principal.
Miller said she wasn't sure why progress on the Artful Learning contract had stalled.
Bolek isn't certain, either. "We've just been in a holding pattern with them," he said earlier this summer, adding that the company remained committed to completing its end of the bargain.
Now, with Hunter's promise of Fairview's recommitment, that can move forward.
"Artful Learning is a critical part of Fairview," Hunter said. "It is going to be kept. It's going to be enhanced, and we are going to complete the process."
Artful Learning Numbers -- including enrollment and test scores since the introduction of Artful Learning. Funding for Artful Learning
2010-2011: 300 (New building/artful learning)
2012-2013 -- 25 students
2013-2014 -- 24 students
2014-2015 -- approximately 25 depending on final enrollment on the first day.
*These are the number of students who have come into Fairview who don't live within the district.
Funding for Artful Learning:
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